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Combine your Japanese ability with your creativity and acting skills to make a 3 minute film.

This year’s signature item is a button. What kind of button? That’s up to you! It does not need to be the main theme but must feature somewhere in your film.

Aside from the signature item and the use of Japanese language, there are no restrictions on style or theme. You can produce a comedy, a drama, a documentary; you can animate it, you can claymation it – the sky’s the limit!

Thank you for entering Video Matsuri 2017. See below for a quick view of winners or visit our Hall of Fame for all winners and entries.

2017 Video Matsuri Winners


Category Winner (Shared):

  • Mt Manypeaks Primary School (WA) – Bai Bai Botan
  • Yarrunga Primary School (VIC) – Zabuton Janakute! Zoo Button desu.

Special Mentions:

  • Kalinda Primary School (VIC) – The Japanese Zodiac
  • Ruskin Park Primary School (VIC) – Katakana Time
  • The Illawarra Grammar School (NSW) – Urashima Tarou

Junior Secondary

Category Winner: 

  • Girton Grammar School (VIC) – Second Button

Special Mentions:

  • Applecross Senior High  School (WA) – Fab Food Friends
  • Applecross Senior High School (WA) – Sekushi—- Botan
  • Atherton High School (QLD) – Sumorai 
  • Girton Grammar School (VIC) –  Fushigina Elevator
  • Hornsby Girls’ High School (NSW) – Bullied
  • North Sydney Girls High School (NSW) – Button
  • Perth Modern School (WA) – Button, where are you?
  • St George Girls High School (NSW) – じかんのゆめ – Time’s Dreams

Senior Secondary

Category Winner: N/A

Special Mentions:

  • AB Paterson College (QLD) – The Button
  • MLC Burwood (NSW) – 私の大切なもの


Category Winner:

  • The University of Melbourne (VIC) – 運転手の文化体験

Special Mentions:

  • The University of Melbourne (VIC) – つながり
  • The University of New South Wales (NSW) – 春のボタン
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